Art: The Happy Six-Year-Old

Progressive schoolchildren of seven are sometimes heard to mourn their lost youth. Artistically they are often in a state of decline, having begun making an effort to paint neatly and representationally instead of splashing about. Their bumbling attempts to create intelligible pictures are rarely so fine and free as the fruits of innocence. Luckily Painter Hiroshi Nishida is only six, but his first one-man show, scheduled to open in a Tokyo gallery this week, may well be his last.

Nishida has a solid year of experience behind him. It began the day he slipped into his artist father's studio, locked out his...

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